\ ˈbrānd How to pronounce brained (audio) \

Definition of brained

: having a brain of a specified kind used in combinationfeatherbrained

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Recent Examples on the Web Researchers have found evidence for multilevel societies in some other large-brained mammals, such as monkeys, elephants, giraffes and sperm whales. Elizabeth Preston, New York Times, "Tiny Brains Don’t Stop These Birds From Having a Complex Society," 4 Nov. 2019 This tiny, small-brained creature stood just a bit more than three feet tall and had a brain as big as a chimp. Pasquale Raia, The Conversation, "Fast evolution explains the tiny stature of extinct ‘Hobbit’ from Flores Island," 8 Oct. 2019 What do the helmets so many of you carp-brained mopes opt to leave at home actually protect against? Rex Huppke,, "Column: Bicyclists should be shamed into wearing helmets.," 17 Sep. 2019 So by what hare-brained logic did the Legislature think accommodating those reckless drivers and endangering the rest of us with this law was a good idea? Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Does Fort Snelling really need a new name?," 25 Aug. 2019 Nothing’s more American than a science-hero—an indomitable, big-brained hasher-out of ideas that change the world, that make the impossible possible. Wired, "Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way," 2 Aug. 2019 Very few other species ever pass the test; those that do are mostly or entirely big-brained mammals such as chimpanzees. Quanta Magazine, "A ‘Self-Aware’ Fish Raises Doubts About a Cognitive Test," 12 Dec. 2018 Trust your instincts, your natural, innate, amygdala and reptilian-brained instincts, thousands of years old, that respond without thinking to the stress, threat, or danger intrinsically felt by all animals. Polo Tate, Marie Claire, "Sexual Assault in the Military: One Woman's True Story," 8 Aug. 2018 Much of it is myopic and small-brained, from sideline observers gleefully salivating at the opportunity to take him down a peg. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of brained

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“Brained.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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